The new book Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists by author and Doctor of Physical Therapy Emily Scherb (aka The Circus Doc) was released this September 2018 and is a one of a kind resource for aerial artists. The 425 page tome of knowledge is packed with useful information for any circus student, as it offers general circus know-how about anatomy, body mechanics, proper warm-up and cool-down techniques as well as injury prevention and treatment. In addition to this comprehensive overview of the circus body, there is a treasure trove of information specifically for the aerialist on form and technique.
Dr. Scherb has been a circus artist since 1992 and eventually became an aerial arts instructor between college and graduate school. When she graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Dr. Scherb knew she wanted to work with circus artists to serve the community that has been so important to her. Over the past decade of working with circus artists she gained deep insight on how circus bodies work in the air and on the ground. As she has expanded her knowledge Dr. Scherb has worked to share those gains with the community through workshops, teaching, and recently writing this first book to address the unique challenges to the aerialist’s body, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts. Dr. Scherb begins the book by defining how important it is for every circus artist to have a foundation in anatomy and body mechanics in order for that person to succeed at their practice. She delves quite readily in to the scientific jargon of anatomy too, but not without providing a gloss...
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